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American Mid Term Elections:  Enthusiasm Gears Up As Voters Go To Polls On March 8

US Capitol building | Photo credit: Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Excitement, zeal and pressure are some of the euphorias experienced a few hours before Americans head to the polls on March 8 in the Mid Term Elections.

While the pressure is mounting up, the joy of voting and letting democracy to prevail is the watch word among most Americans looking forwards to go to the polls on Wednesday.

This is going to be the first election in the country after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results.

In Minnesota especially in Minneapolis, the ambiance of going to polls is high as many city dwellers are hoping the election to bring change to the state of affairs of the State.

“Wednesday November 8 is another big day in America and here in Minneapolis, I am looking forward in voting because it is my civic responsibility. Going to polls is very important because my vote is going to determine who takes over the affairs of this State,” a city dweller who seek anonymity said.

Another City inhabitant who resides North of the State in a short interview told The Post that, going to the polls on November 8 is important given that these elections will give a forecast of what the upcoming Presidential election in 2024 will look like.

According to the city dweller, there is need to Americans going to polls to take the exercise serious and adhere to rule of democracy among which is accepting the results of the election as indicated by President Joe Biden.

“Whoever, I am going to vote is within me and my God, but these elections are very important because these elections will determine whoever will control the Upper or the Lower House of parliament. Whatever is the result at the end of the day, Americans should accept and allow democracy to prevail,” the city dweller said.

As Americans geared towards the election, President Joe Biden on November 2 called for voters to think long and hard about the moment they are living in reiterating that “Make no mistake, democracy is on the ballot for all of us.”

“My fellow Americans, we’ll meet this moment. We just have to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. There is nothing beyond our capacity if we do it together,” he said.

He added, “We can’t take democracy for granted any longer…As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America; for governor, for Congress, for attorney general, for secretary of state who won’t commit to accepting the results of the elections they’re in. That is the path to chaos in America. It’s unprecedented. It’s unlawful. And it is un-American.”

To Biden, “This intimidation, this violence against Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan officials just doing their jobs, is the consequence of lies told for power and profit, lies of conspiracy and malice, lies repeated over and over to generate a cycle of anger, hate, vitriol and even violence. In this moment, we have to confront those lies with the truth, the very future of our nation depends on it.”

It’s worth noting that midterm elections in America are focused on the two chambers of Congress: the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Members of the House are elected for two-year terms, meaning that a total of 435 seats are decided during the midterm elections. While Senators are elected to staggered six-year terms, a third of the 100 seats are up for grabs in any midterm election.

In the meantime, whoever controls the House, or the Senate controls the agenda. The majority party determines who leads important congressional committees. Nevertheless, a president’s ability to accomplish his agenda has everything to do with whether his party controls the two houses of Congress.

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